Following sustained criticism and loss of business from concerns of the effects of its business operations on the environment, the paper giant launched its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) three years ago, committing to end deforestation in its supply chain and bringing sustainability to the forefront of the company’s operations.
Policy commitments include the ending of natural forest conversion throughout its supply chain, best practice in peatland management, and adopting a collaborative approach to resolving social issues.
Specifically, work to block over 3,500 perimeter canals to increase water levels in APP suppliers’ concessions located on peatland has recently been completed, with a total target of 7,000 dams to be built this year.
This is in addition to the retirement of 7,000 hectares of commercial plantation areas in Riau and South Sumatra, announced by APP in August 2015.
In total, APP and its suppliers have allocated approximately 600,000 hectares for forest conservation and ecosystem restoration within its suppliers’ concessions.